Saturday, January 31, 2009

2009 New York Study Tour

Spring 2009

University Park Campus
Los Angeles, California

Instructors – Haven Lin-Kirk, Thomas Schorer

USC Gayle Garner Roski's School of Fine Arts is delighted to offer the Roski Design New York Study Tour for the second time. Art and design students from Roski will travel to New York City for a one-week art and design study tour. The undergraduate group consisting of 18 students and 2 faculty members will be touring NYC and visiting a number of design firms, advertising agencies, museums, and taking in the sights of the city. As part of the students’ research the class will collaborate in keeping a group blog of their research, observations and thoughts.

During the University’s spring break the group will travel from Los Angeles to New York City and over the course of 7 days/6 nights. We will arrive in Manhattan late Saturday, March 14th via Virgin American. Our first full day will consist of a city tour of NY and dinner with a couple of Roski alums working in the city. A full itinerary will be published in future post so check in for the latest details.

To visit the 2009 student blog - ROSKI NEW YORK STUDY TOUR 2009

Friday, May 11, 2007


Graduation 2007

sarah - cheeky
tsz, margaret, sarah

Thanks to all of the graduating seniors for making the NYC study tour so memorable - we love you and wish you luck.

avenue q

It Sucks To Be Me

different cast but just a little flashback to the trip that gave me a good laugh.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007


A Moment we've all been waiting for! PICTURES!!!

Helvetica Documentary by Gary Huswit
[All rights kinda sorta not reserved but credits to Yuji Sakuma X)]

Yuji the president smelling american apparel

Gary blowing out numerous candles.
He blew ALL of them out!!!! amazing!!! X)

=Models of the Night=
(or so Candice wants to say XD)

Haven and Candice doing cheeky~ can't call it a day without it!!!! XD

One more to our cheeky collection X)

Panel with Gary Huswit and the fabulous Matthew Carter
AIGA Student Portfolio Day

reviewer - "Please work in our company, yuji"
yuji - "i don't know~ I mean, I have to think about it~" LOL!! X)
You are now witnessing one's getting recruited by a company. X)


Because Haven is so cool, she made ALL of US these wonderful soft hats!!!!
They are extra soft because Sherin's love went in them also!!!! ahhaha!!

-NYC 499 class of 2007-

Laura - "That way is Newark..."
Candice, Sarah, Tsz - "No more NEWARK!!!!"


Sunday, April 29, 2007

AIGA USC + Helvetica

The Helvetica / AIGA USC Portfolio Day was great! More than 350 people turned out for the 2-day event. Incredible list of reviewers, matched with some equally impressive design students.

FRIDAY began with the West Coast premiere of Helvetica - A Documentary by Gary Hustwit and Birthday Bash at Davis Auditorium. The entire group of AIGA USC officers turned out to volunteer. They brought along a boatload of signed limited edition designer Helvetica buttons. See the AIGA USC blog for the collection. AND there was an incredible Helvetica shaped cake during the 2 screenings. Yummy Helveticake made by the extraordinaire bakery - Violet's Cake (Pasadena).

Photos to come.

THEN back to USC again bright and early SATURDAY for the Helvetica panel / interview with Gary H. and the illustrious type designer – Matthew Carter. The panel was introduced by USC Roski’s very own, Dean Ruth Weisberg and AIGA LA's president, Agustin Garza - an exciting moment for all.

Lunch was freshly grilled carnitas, al pastor and pollo tacos courteous of Tacos Fernandez (aka the taco truck.)

Fantastic turn out of reviewers, here’s a partial list –
Kemper Bates (Fox), Chris Berdine (American Apparel), Archie Boston (CSULB), Margaret Black (CSULB), Milka Broukhim, Stefan G. Bucher (344 Design), Sharon Cardinal, Yee-Ping Cho (Yee-Ping Cho Design), Spencer Cross (Tokyo Farm), Jonathan Maxwell Deiss (Tribal), Volker Durre (AdamsMorioka, Inc.), Ann Enkoji, Amir Fallah (Beautiful Decay), Steve Fenton (Shook Kelley), Todd Gallapo (Meat and Potatoes), Chalalai Haema (88Phases), Zelda Harrison, Eric Junker (Wagner/Junker Agency), Keith Knueven, Daniel Ko, Ulrich Lange (The Designory), Michael Lejeune (LA Metro Design Studio), David Lippman (Sisu Media), Joseph Loveria (Drissi), Amy Low, Buff Monster, Kali Nikitas (Otis), Carol Newsom, Agnete Oernsholt, Vesna Petrovic, Pash (CINQ Group), Shirin Raban (Wingz design), Christian Rocha (Polychrome Studio, Inc.), Louise Sandhaus (Cal Arts), Yolanda Santosa (Ferroconcrete), Peter Scherrer (Studio Mousetrap), Ron Thompson (Hello Design), representatives from Motion Theory and Max Erdenberger and Megan McGinley (Brand New School). We are particularly proud of USC art alumni – Chris Berdine, Aurora Robles, and Buff Monster.

The student volunteers came from several LA colleges. Thanks to our own - Yuji, Tina, Karen, Amy, Tsz, Sarah K, Sara L, Hajimi, Daniel, Candice, and Laura B. This has been the most amazing group of AIGA officers. Also a special thanks to – Harout (CSULA), Margarita (CSUN), Joanna (CSUN), and Christina (UCLA Extension) for their volunteer efforts. And lastly all of the faculty volunteers from all of the different programs that joined in – Scott Hutchinson, Sherin Guirgus, Paula DiMarco Jimmy Moss, Steve Child, Ewa Woijak, Tom Schorer, and all of the faculty reviewers listed above.

Helvetica Screening: Killing Time

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Ogilvy LA

Yesterday, I went with my marketing class to Ogilvy and Mather, the LA branch. It's located in an industrial area of culver city. I wasn't too excited about it having already been to the New York office, but the LA office is a 180 degree switch from the NY office. The layout is very open space, minimalist with lots of wood beams and concrete and steel, as opposed to the marble and red carpet in NY. We sat in this very open glass conference room, they gave us free snacks and had about 10 employees from all the different areas (creative, account management, production, etc) come and have a panel discussion with us for about forty minutes. Most of them were dressed in jeans. Then they broke down into the creative and account planning teams and we got to talk to them more one on one and get advice. They were all really nice and willing to offer their own experiences and advice. I talked to one of the guys in charge of creative afterwards and he said he'd be happy to meet with me for an informational meeting/informal portfolio review. I left having a much better impression of Ogilvy as an agency. I wish you all could have visited too because, for me, it really defined the differences between east and west coast design

End result: I LOVE LA!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Wednesday, April 11, 2007


scanning stuff after stuff after stufffffgoeuwerwejraLDFSDfadfsdE%@#%@5

This project is totally OWNING me.

but i'm having a BLAST laughing at all the crazy photos that we took OUTLOUD.

Look at sherin glaring at me, "DO YOUR PROJECT!!! DON'T YOU DARE PROCRASTINATE!!!"


Here, have some brownies <3

...or, rather, have the whole thing. booyah.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

NY through food (aka the longest post ever)

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Hamburger in a bag and overdue Milanos, courtesy of Continental Airlines.

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1st meal in NY at Menchanko Tei. The hakata ramen was so delicious that I forgot to take a picture before I devoured the whole bowl!

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Where I didn't buy food. The area surrounding the cart smelled like old hot dog water.

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A hearty breakfast at Tick Tock Diner.

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OMG. Cafe 2. THE. BEST. RASPBERRY-MANGO. TART. EVER. (You know it's good when I didn't take a "before" pic)

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Baked milk and rice pudding at Ali Baba. Hokey name, great food.

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Shrimp bisque at Hale. Surprisingly filling.

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At Choux factory (not shoe). Again, I forgot to take a "before" pic. Yep, it was that good. Beard Papa better watch out.

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Sorry, no "before" pic! Shrimps alla Francais (shrimps fried in an egg batter, then bathe in a lemon butter and wine sauce) at Benito's II. It was almost too good...

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My 1st time having bagels with cream cheese. Goodtimes.

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Tiramisu at Danielle's Trattoria. Candice: Is your cake wet? Me: Yep, cause it's a tiramisu... hehehe.

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A banquet of desserts at Kyotofu. All I remembered was the long wait. Ok, the food was pretty.

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Zen Palate, my 1st healthy (and vegetarian) meal in NY. It was delicious (that's saying a lot, coming from a meat lover). Fyi: they're opening in Pasadena soon!!

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A random nouveau Korean meal experience in Tribeca.

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We ran across town to Babycakes and it was so worth it.

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It's sugar, diary, gluten and egg free... makes me wonder what it's made out of.

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Free lunch provided by Siegal + Gale. Thanks beaucoup!

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Who knew the Cooper Hewitt's cafe serve such delicious mushroom bisque?

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Aww, too full for dessert.

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This is what $2.50 gets you at Gray's Papaya.

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And they serve breakfast for $1.50!

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While we're on the subject of cheap eats. They serve 99 cents pizza here, and they're 100x better than CPK!

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$1 falafels at Mamoun's. Fried herby goodness... mmm.

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I found the CH's bisque at Macy's! I can drink this like water...

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Stranded in the Newark airport. Time for some fried corn dogs at AW.

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This was worst than Continental's burger-in-a-bag.

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Really good clam chowder at Bon du Pain.